What contest would your horse win…if you could invent a contest?

Now is your chance to invent a contest for horses…a contest just for fun!

I would invent the ‘muddy horse contest’ and enter Popcorn.

I think he could win.

Check out this video of Popcorn playing in the mud. The other horses try to keep up…but none are as dedicated to the art of applying mud to every inch of the body like Popcorn is.

What contest would you invent? Why would your horse win?




Thankfully, his Breyer model is the clean version of him. It even has his brand!

Now, as we approach Christmas I have teamed up with Equithrive to run a contest ending with one of YOU owning your very own Popcorn model. Entering is easy.

There are three ways. Simply answer the question (What ‘event’ would your horse excel in…that isn’t really an event?)
either 1) in the comments below this post, here on my blog 
3) on my Facebook page
 …or in all three places!
There will be a new question every day between now and December 19th.
The winner will be announced on December 20th!
I’m excited to read your stories! (and if you have time…reading what other people have posted is really fun!)


  1. Edo on January 5, 2020 at 3:11 pm

    Hello stacy my name is edo gilboa im from israel ive seen your video riding after youre father past away may he rest in peace and since then ive thought and had a dream about learning from you and working for you is there any way to fullfill that dream? Thanks edo.

    • Stacy Westfall on January 6, 2020 at 1:37 pm

      Currently, the options for working with me include distance learning:
      *video training (DVD’s or online video)
      *video coaching (I coach you using video)

      Or in person training where you travel to Ohio for a clinic or a workshop.
      I currently do not have a lesson horse but depending on your goals I may be able to line one up.

      Info is available here:https://stacywestfall.com/events/

  2. Philomena on December 18, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    If I could invent a contest, my horse would win THROWING-ALL-OF-YOUR-HAY-OUT-OF-YOUR-FEEDER-AND-STINKING-IT-UP-SO-THAT-MOM-IS-FORCED-TO-GIVE-YOU-NEW-HAY. She can do this in record time!

  3. Jenny Wood-Outhwaite on December 18, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Texas would win the Touching Stuff That Isn’t Yours contest. He is always grabbing halters off hooks, flipping over groom kits, other horses blankets, grabbing the hose when you are filling the tank, generally pestering other horses to play lol

  4. Kim Robitaille on December 17, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    I guess I would create the “Slowest Jogger” contest.
    Ice, like other horses, is very good at conserving energy.
    When asked, she’ll give you all that you ask, otherwise she’ll jog like a Western Pleasure Champ.
    Slow is fast?????

  5. Jackie on December 17, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Being dirty is a favorite of Fynn’s but he’d loose to Popcorn.. I think his talent when playing gelding games, other horse lunges to bite at his neck, Fynn jumps in the air and spins 180, lands with a threatening Buck …. I’ll kick you if I have to. That jump and spin will win the contest every time! ???

  6. Maria on December 16, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    My mare would win the “how to evade capture when you know Mom wants you to do something productive ” contest!

  7. Candy on December 16, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    OMG my mare would win Mare-iest Mare’s Nest – hands (or feet) down. I’ve only owned one other mare before her and that one was a neat freak. “Ki” takes the prize for Messiest Stall EVER. We have two run-in sheds, one for eating and one for sleeping. The sleeping stall is the problem. After I’d owned her for a month or two I did a little research and learned that everything she does is very typical of mare “housekeeping” behavior. Every morning it looks like she had friends over to trash the place the night before. The only saving grace is that she DOESN’T also trash my elderly gelding’s space. Thank God. Fortunately, she has many other fine qualities that more than offset the increased labor involved in caring for her!

  8. Shirley Nicholas on December 16, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Bobbing for apples! Or at least, jolly balls in a water trough!

  9. Megan Bean on December 16, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    My lesson horse would win the Fjord division of “Muddiest Horse”. Every time it rains, I can expect wet brown patches all over her cream-colored neck and back. Extra incentive to keep my hands up when riding.

    Ginger would win “Most Purposeful’. She always walks like she has somewhere to go – to hunt the next bit of tasty grass at pasture, to get to wherever I’m leading her in hand, to reach the gate when she decides we’re finished… When I rode her in her sounder years, I could simply think about walking off and she would raise her head and look around like, “Where to?” and stride off as directed. Even her stops are full of deliberation – she will walk up to a closed gate, plant herself there, give a single bang, and look at me as if to say, “Open up.” Nowadays, her aging joints may slow her or limit her movement, but they haven’t taken away that attitude. If she has somewhere worth going, she goes. Otherwise she stands around watching or relaxing.

  10. Rebecca Marshall on December 16, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    He would win the “I’m helping” or “best helper” contest. Whether I’m grooming another horse or fixing a fence he is there and in the way.

  11. Cynthia Overton on December 16, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    My contest I would create is “Who can unlock the gate the fastest” My Diego can unlock almost any stall or gate latch . He uses his lips & plays with it until he gets it unlocked. Current latch is a chain wrapped around post twice & then through gates where you have to twist & turn chain to get out of slot. I then had to add a hook to back side of post & hook chain on hook so he can’t get his lips on it. So far , so good !

  12. Colleen Spada on December 16, 2019 at 4:51 pm

    Has Popcorn ever gone down and try to roll in a river or creek? Logan did it twice to me and now I can tell when he wants to and can stop him from getting me drenched!

  13. Sharon Stroud on December 16, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    “Mugger” of treats–She’s sure you have one–somewhere–and she’s willing to help search;-)

  14. Colleen Spada on December 16, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Logan would win a contest on the “sloppiest apple eater” — You have to feed him an apple in his feed tray. He creates so much saliva, he looks like a rabid animal!! And after the apple is completed he licks up the juices and bits out of his feed tray. He will lick that feed tray clean! It’s the best way to get any supplements in him! Gotta love him!

  15. Ellen on December 16, 2019 at 4:30 pm

    Thank you for the smile?

  16. Jo-Anne Young on December 16, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Ben (Fringe Benefit, 1999 Trakehner gelding( would definitely win the”How to beg for attention” contest

  17. Leslie Welles on December 16, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Definitely mud rolling!

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